The music video starred Johnny Depp as the protagonist named Eddie Rebel, Gabrielle Anwar as Eddie’s girlfriend, Faye Dunaway as Eddie’s manager and featured cameos by Tom Petty as the Roadie named Bart (as well as the tattoo artist and reporter), Terence Trent D’Arby, Chynna Phillips of Wilson Phillips and Matt LeBlanc later of Friends.
The video starts like a storybook narration, as Eddie’s story unfolds. Eddie arrives in Hollywood after graduating high school and joins the local scene. He finds a girl (Anwar) who has the same tattoo as he has gotten, a heart impaled with a stilleto knife. As Eddie works as a doorman, his girlfriend teaches him to play guitar. Their landlady (Dunaway) turns out to be a cross between a fairy godmother and a svengali, managing his increasing success as a rock star.
Unfortunately the success goes to Eddie’s head, as he becomes more indulgent (getting drunk and rude at an MTV award ceremony and losing his temper in a music video shoot). Things come to a head when he excludes his manager from a red carpet event. Infuriated, his manager (Dunaway) waves her wand and breaks the spell, with disastrous results. Eddie’s career quickly fizzles, his girlfriend/wife leaves him, and the heart in his tattoo fades away. The story closes with Eddie returning to the tattoo parlor, where he finds a newcomer getting the same tattoo. Tom Petty then closes the video with the classic fairy tale ending that “they all lived happily ever after”. ~ (wiki)